This is a really easy pressure cooker bean soup that is healthy and only requires a few ingredients. Very versatile where you can make it vegetarian if you want or load it up with bacon and either way it is full of flavor. The perfect Instant Pot soup during the winter and year round really.
Yes I use my Instant Pot a lot. It makes it easy for me to make homemade meals for the 5 of us and if you’ve ever been hesitant to use dry beans it is SO easy when you have a pressure cooker. You don’t need to soak them overnight like before, you just pop them in first to soften up, drain, and then add everything else to make things like this easy pressure cooker bean soup. I had northern beans on hand and some bacon too so I literally dumped it in with some vegetables and broth and it really came out delicious, and quite healthy too. It’s one of my favorite Instant Pot recipes when it’s chilly outside.
Of course if you are looking for a really healthy homemade Instant Pot soup then just leave the bacon part out, but I thought it brought a lot of flavor to it.
It is not only a flavorful dinner but really cheap to make too, another to add to my cheap Instant Pot recipes post. Add as many vegetables as you like, I just chose onions and celery this time but you could really load it up if you wanted and almost make it a sort of minestrone style northern bean soup.
If you’ve never used northern beans they are quite mild and called white beans I suppose sometimes. If you were really in a hurry you could use canned white beans, drain them, and skip the whole first step and just go straight to the saute function with the bacon and heating up the ingredients to make the soup.
Of course a big part of the Instant Pot wonderment is that you can cook everything in one pot including the bacon!
I did this same thing when I cooked my no soak Instant Pot baked beans and added bacon to that one too.
We eat soups all year long really, that’s why I put together this Instant Pot soup recipes post, but especially when it’s chilly outside soup is seriously the best meal!! Pop some rolls in the oven or make this pressure cooker cornbread and your meal is done! I have been trying to make healthy meals that are as homemade as possible so this was one I came up with recently and will continue doing so so make sure to sign up for my newsletter below and you’ll get them all for free via email as I create them. 😉
This is what you’ll need to make this easy pressure cooker bean soup
- Northern beans – this is what I used
- Chicken broth
- Olive oil
- Carrots could be added too
- Green onions
- Salt could be added, I thought the broth had enough for us so I didn’t
Pressure Cooker Bean Soup
- 1.5 c beans dry, we used Northern beans
- 1 c onion diced
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 5 strips bacon diced
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 2 green onions diced
- 32 oz chicken broth
- Put dry uncooked beans into Instant Pot or pressure cooker with 4 cups of water.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to bean setting for 30 minutes.
- Do a quick release and drain beans, set aside.
- Turn Instant Pot to saute (or do on the stovetop if you have a traditional pressure cooker). Add olive oil, diced onion, and bacon.
- Cook until onions are softened and bacon is cooked for the most part (doesn't need to be crispy, just cooked as it is pork).
- Turn Instant Pot off/cancel...important step.
- Add all other ingredients, including beans you set aside, and gently stir.
- Close lid and steam valve and set to soup setting for 10 minutes.
- Quick release and serve...can top with grated parmesan cheese and/or chives.
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